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It’s International Talk like a Pirate Day, which offers us the perfect excuse to dip a toe in the sea of nautical language. Are you ready to join us aboard the HMS Dictionary? Take the quiz to see if you’re worth your weight in pieces of eight… or if you’re likely to be marooned by the crew!more
Be it from the pages of Treasure Island, the exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow on the silver screen, or the Guybrush Threepwood’s adventures on Monkey Island, the fictional pirate has long held a fascination for landlubbers everywhere: we take a look at a few of the words and phrases associated with our fictional cutthroat friends. Hoist […]more
On September 13th, 1814, an American lawyer named Francis Scott Key dined as a guest on a British warship, where he had been sent to negotiate the release of American prisoners. The ship, the H.M.S. Tonnant, was moored in Chesapeake Bay, off Baltimore, which the British forces intended to attack later that day. Key was […]more